Pentagon orders aircraft carrier to Gulf to add Iraq military option

June 14, 2014 9:03 PM

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Pentagon orders aircraft carrier to Gulf to add Iraq military option

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Gulf on Saturday, readying it in case Washington decides to pursue a military option after insurgents overwhelmed a string of Iraqi cities this week and threatened Baghdad.

"The order will provide the Commander-in-Chief additional flexibility should military options be required to protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq," the Pentagon said in a statement.

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